November 23rd, 2012
Ethel Belle Smith, 86, of Columbia City, died at 1:32 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since March 2008.
She was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Portland, a daughter of William Henry and Estella May (Nickerson) Miller. Her formative years were spent in Portland where she attended Mount Zion School.
On Oct. 7, 1944, she was united in marriage to Herman E. Smith. They made their home in Waynedale until 1977 when they moved to Old Lake. Mr. Smith died Nov. 28, 2001. In 2002, Ethel Belle moved to Columbia City.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Markers were handed out and people were encouraged to write on the walls of the meeting room in South Whitley Tuesday, located next to the Town Hall.
The South Whitley Plan Com-mission held a brainstorming session for residents to write down suggestions on ways the town could improve.
Anna Simmons, plan commission president, said, â€śWe did this at our last meeting and we got some great ideas. I hope to have more meetings in the future to determine the priority of each suggestion in the different categories.â€ť
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Community School students will have a weekly delay of 30 minutes each Wednesday starting in January.
Superintendent Steve Clason petitioned the Board of Trustees for Whitko Community School Corporation to approve the delay to allow for professional training for teachers.
â€śWeâ€™re not leading this change, we are following it,â€ť said Clason. â€śThe state says we have to offer so much time for development and this seems to be the most cost effective way to do it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With reindeer, lights and the sounds of Christmas, Santa will be ushered to his house on the Courthouse Square Friday night.
The City of Columbia City and the Downtown Business Association, along with The Clugston on the Square, will present a lighted Christmas parade Friday at 6 p.m.
This is the first parade of its kind in Columbia City in recent memory.
Once Santa reaches the Courthouse, a holiday lighting ceremony will initiate the holiday season as Santa begins entertaining children.
Patricia J. Tucker passed away Nov. 5, 2012, at 5:05 p.m. She was born July 6, 1931.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, she traveled the country doing various jobs and meeting interesting people. She came home to spend her last years with family.
She kept her spirit and sense of humor to the end. Words can never express the thankfulness and gratitude to Hospice of Parkview.
Surviving relatives include three loving siblings, Robert Tucker of Tavares, Fla., Gloria (Jack) Mullett of Columbia City and Garthena Tucker of Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Neon green and yellow colored playground equipment is scheduled to fill the recently empty spot where the old playground at Morsches Park once stood. The Columbia City Parks Department tore the old playground down last week.
â€śI think the kids are going to love it, and it will be good for all ages,â€ť said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. â€śThere will be a swing set area, a large teeter totter you can stand on and the slides should be a little taller than what we had.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees is preparing to implement internet safety policies to better protect its students.
According to WCCS Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor, the Childrenâ€™s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was amended last fall and now requires school corporations to provide age appropriate curriculum concerning proper online behavior.
â€śThis includes interacting with others on social networking sites, in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness,â€ť explained Dr. Oâ€™Connor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A very young Columbia City Eagle wrestling squad kicked off its 2012-13 season Tuesday night with one of only three home meets.
The Eagles hosted perennial Northeast Hoosier Conference powerhouse Bel-lmont.
Columbia City fell behind early, but ran off a string of three straight wins.
Despite the run, the Eagles still fell to the Braves by a 51-19 score.
Columbia City fielded a lineup that included five freshmen who saw their first high school varsity experience.
Consumers say they will be out in full force on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, "Small Business Saturday," to support the small businesses that fuel the U.S. economy, create jobs and keep communities thriving.
Of the tens of millions of Americans familiar with Small Business Saturday, 67 percent are planning to â€śshop smallâ€ť on Nov. 24 (44% said they shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday in 2011), according to the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.